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Volunteers Needed!

We are currently seeking Adult Literacy Tutors for The Learning Lounge and Student Volunteers for the
Tinker Lab. You can find more details and volunteering opportunities here.

New BPL Perks Partner

We welcome Brimstone Wood-Fired Pizza to our BPL Partner list. Details

Tinker Lab Volunteers Needed

Tinker Lab assistants assist with leading and supervising activities, setting up and cleaning up equipment and supplies for the program. More info


New Microfilm reader now available

Take a peek into Brockville’s history on our new Microfilm reader! The "Recorder & Times" newspaper is on microfilm from the 1830's to the present day. Book a microfilm reader for a two hour session. Click here for more details.

The community's vision for the Children's Room becomes reality!

The Brockville Public Library Board and staff are thrilled to announce that the Children’s Room makeover project will be fast-tracked to completion with significant funding from the Rotary Club and the City of Brockville. The refreshed and rejuvenated space will highlight the book and toy resources while also becoming flexible through the addition of mobile shelving and furnishings for enhanced programming and accessibility. While the majority of the project costs have been raised, we are still seeking funding for some of the super fun extras ;) Press Release with Full Details | Proposed Floor Plan 

New Digital Media Library

Tired of carrying around books or CDs? Try out our new service, Axis360! Download the all-in-one app and read the latest eBooks and eAudiobooks on your device. Or stream right to your computer. Anywhere. Anytime. Click here to find out how to get started!

Launching Mobile Printing

Mobile Printing has officially launched! Now you can print from anywhere: your laptop, your cellphone, your Apple or Android device... and pick it up at the library. For more information, just click here or ask our staff for help.

Free Family Day Passes to Aquatarium

The library now carries free family day passes to the Aquatarium. Passes are in high demand so don't wait to put a hold on them!

Show us your Library Card and Save!

Click here and discover how you can be saving money when you shop local in Brockville with our new business discount program, BPL Perks! Your library card has value!


Announcing our Newest Library Service

Are you on the go a lot? Wish you could watch some great movies and TV on your mobile device while traveling? Are music or audiobooks more your travel style? The library has you covered with Hoopla Digital! Visit hoopladigital.com or ask about it the next time you’re in the library! More details

Join us on Family Literacy Day

Join us for the great reveal of the winning book from our Read to Every Kid Every Day program. Musical entertainment is provided by children's performer Gerry Mitchell. Saturday January 30th from 10am to 12noon at the Brockville Public Library

Read to Every Kid Every Day

Help choose Leed and Grenville's favourite picture book. Read the books and then vote for your favourite. Full details.

New Library Hours

We are very happy to announce that we have new hours beginning June 6th. Now, the library will be opening earlier on Saturdays at 9am. As well, we will remain open on Sundays throughout the summer from 1pm to 5pm. Be aware that the library will be closed on the Sunday of long weekends between Victoria Day and Labour Day.

Watch the news @ your library

You may have noticed we have been busy installing electrical and cabling in various parts of the library. Soon we will be providing two tv's that will be set to news channels with closed captioning (no sound) so that you can keep up with world news! One will be housed in our 1st floor bistro area and the other will be on the second floor in our reading area. In the future we may also air things like elections, the olympics, and other programs of interest.


New - Staff Picks

Do you ever wonder what we all read? Now you can follow along. Find your favourite staff member to follow for ideas on what to read next! Click here for instructions.

Where is your library headed?

Our newest Strategic Plan is the result of the combined efforts of members of the Board of Trustees, the Library Director, staff and our customers. We thank everyone for their input.Check it out!

Changes at the library

Have you been wondering about all the changes happening at the library? For your convenience we have compiled a short list of the more frequently asked questions. We thank everyone for their patience as we are still a work in progress.

Library Website gets a facelift

Welcome to our new refreshed library website. Key features include:

* The ability to search our catalog directly from the website
* The ability tologin directly to your library account
* Easier to navigate
* Fully compliant to current accessiblity standards
* Designed to be responsive to a variety of tablets and mobile devices


Library Thanks May Court Club of Brockville

The library has recently upgraded one of our Early Literacy Stations due to a generous donation by the May Court Club of Brockville. This new upgraded version is self-contained, bilingual and offers educational games for children of all ages.

FREE Library Cards For All Out-of-Town Students

This applies to students from pre-k to college and includes alternative schools and homelearners. The card will be issued in the child's name and ID, proof of address and a parent or guardian's signature will be required, as usual, but we also need confirmation that the child attends school in Brockville. We can accept a student card, report card, time table, note from the child's teacher, etc.

Library Upgrades Wireless Equipment

Do you have a dial-up connection or limited monthly bandwidth allowances? If so, consider visiting the library with your laptop to do all your software updates and downloads (music, videos etc.) Due to a grant received from Southern Ontario Library Service, we were able to upgrade our wireless equipment and have more than doubled our wireless speed!

Interested in learning another language?

Want to expand your horizons by learning a new language? Try Mango, an online language-learning system that you can access for FREE with your Brockville Public Library card. Mango has courses in 35 foreign languages including Spanish, French, Japanese as well as ESL courses. You can also download the free mobile app (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad) and learn on the go. Ask us how to get started today.


NEW Subscription! - World Book Online Encyclopedia

We have recently added the suite of World Book products to our collection of online resources. The suite include multimedia sites featuring educational games for young children, databases for students ranging from elementary to post-secondary levels, and additional speciality sites.  Check it out!

Watch NFB films for free @ the Brockville Library

Through its Film Club, the National Film Board of Canada has partnered with public libraries across the country to screen films to the public for free.

Our NFB film club will be held on the first Friday of each month.  Will will post the title of the film and a brief synopsis as they become available

We re-surface discs!

We are now offering a disc cleaning service for your scratched DVD's, CD's, Blu-Ray's and video games.  The cost is $5 per disc.  Please note: we require two business days to complete your order.

New Laminating Service

We are now offering a laminating service for posters, flyers, signs, photos, etc.

Prices vary by size and we require one business day to laminate items for you.



Coffee is now being sold on our second floor

Due to the success of our "coffee shop" on the first floor, we have added a second station on the second floor.  Please purchase your coffee pod at the reference desk. The cost is $1.

Library revamps Internet computers

We have recently added an extra workstation making a total of ten workstations available.  Two of our 10 stations are 30-minute stations.  We have three 15-minute Express Stations as well as five 1-Hour long stations. 

We have also increased our maximum daily limit from two hours to three!

Don't forget: You can make advance appointments (up to seven days) at our on-site reservation station.

Console Games now available @ your library

PS3, XBOX 360 and Wii games are now available for loan.  We are currently looking for donations to expand this collection.  If you have any games that are run on the consoles listed above, please consider donating them to us.

New library program helps people with print disabilities access books

Thanks to funding from the Government of Ontario, Brockville Library card holders now have the opportunity to borrow from the 80,000-title collection of alternative format materials at the CNIB Library, including audio, braille and descriptive video.  Press Release

If you or someone you know could benefit from the services offered by this new partnership, please contact Amanda Robinson at 613-342-3936 ext. 24 or by email at [email protected].  For more detailed information about this service, visit http://www.brockvillelibrary.ca/cnib-collections.htm

Video Tutorials available for Online Databases

The following databases have video tutorials available:



Bookmyne app now available for Android

BookMyne™ makes it quick and easy to access your local library on the go! Search your library’s catalog, download items, manage your account, and find suggested reading instantly with your Android device.

Download it now from the Android Market.

New Antiques Reference Database

This new addition to our online databases contains detailed descriptive and pricing information on antiques, many collectibles, fine art and historic Americana sold at regional auctions throughout the United States and includes images for 100% of its records. Records contain supplemental reference information, including literature citations and independently researched reference notes providing biographical, contextual and background data about a given item.

Access the database at the library | Access the database at home

New Community Garden

Help our garden grow!  We are looking for community members to "adopt-a-plant" to be put in the gardens around the library.  Please ask at the circulation desk for pricing and which plants are available for adoption.

Less wait times for your favourite eBooks

We have recently developed our own local collection of eBooks.  These titles are still accessed through Overdrive, but only Brockville library card holders can check them out! Thousands of titles are available through our Overdrive service, but here is a listing of our newly purchased local collection.

If you need help downloading eBooks, please call us at 613-342-3936 or go to our eBook resource page.

Check out our new Online Databases

Thanks to the support of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, we are pleased to announce a number of new online databases.  You can access these databases FREE at home with your library card number.

Take all the books you would like!

We have done away with our 2 books per subject in the ADULT non-fiction collection. Please note that there is still a limit on non-fiction books in the Children's department.

Now you can enjoy the ELF Child Safe Browser at home

We have recently invested in the Elf Child-Safe Browser which provides 100% safe Internet use for your child, conveniently in your home. 

The Elf browser allows your children to safely explore carefully chosen, highly engaging free-use educational resources on the Internet.  Your children can work on their own and you can feel comfortable knowing that they are visiting ONLY sites that are wholesome, educational, and fun. More...

Calling All Book Clubs...

Book Club Kits are now available!. We have 10 titles that can be reserved and borrowed. Each kit contains 10 copies of the book and can be checked out for a 6 week period. Search our catalog for "Book Club Set" to get a list of titles, or ask at the circulation desk for more details.

Stop Dead End Searching with Novelist Select

More and more people are using the library from home to find books they have heard about. But what do you do if the book is checked out or there's a long hold queue. We have recently added NoveList Select to our online catalogue. Now when you search for a book, a listing of similar titles and authors is listed. You will find this below the call number information. Currently Novelist offers suggestions for over 4 million titles. Click here for a screen shot.

Available right in the results, Novelist Select also provides:

  • Links to Recommended Reads lists,
  • Author Read-alikes,
  • Book Discussion Guides

To make it even easier, only titles owned by our library are suggested!



Library Upgrades Internet Connection

Need to download large files? Now you can enjoy incredibly fast speeds on our new cable internet connection.

Top reported speed: over 10 Mbps!!

Chilifresh Review Engine

ChiliFresh Review Engine is a tool that allows users to read and write reviews for items in our online catalogue. If you’ve ever searched major online booksellers for user reviews to see whether something was worth reading, you can now cut out the middleman because Chilifresh brings that feature right into our online catalogue. This easy-to-use tool adds an element of social interaction to the catalogue. In addition to reading all the reviews you can also add your own review, read all the reviews that a particular patron has written, sort the reviews and select whether you found the review helpful or not. More...

Energy Meter Borrowing Program

The Brockville Library is partnering with the Brockville Climate Action Group to circulate energy usage meters.

What's an energy meter?

It calculates the cost of energy consumed by an appliance.

How can I borrow one?

To borrow one of these devices please visit the Brockville Public Library. You must have a valid library card to borrow a meter. Meters may be borrowed for 10 days. To place a hold on the energy meter, type "Energy Meter" as the title in our catalogue.

Read to Every Kid Every Day Literacy Program

We invite children ages 0 to 6 and their families in Leeds and Grenville to read twelve exciting and colourful picture books selected by a team of librarians and early child educators and then choose their favorite.



Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Now you can keep up-to-date on library news and events through your own facebook page. You can also follow us on twitter! Click on the links below:

New Community Resource Database

We are excited to announce the launch of our FREE online community directory. With detailed information on over 250 community resources, the BPLCRD provides instant, keyword access to essential information for Brockville individuals, organizations and visitors. To search...

It includes information on:

Health Services ~ Counseling Services ~ Support Groups

Child care and elder care ~ Education & training programs

Housing Assistance~ Disability services ~ Family Services

and more!...

1st Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament A Success!

A big thanks to everyone who donated their time, energy, and funds to this great cause. We look forward to seeing everyone next year. We raised enough funds to purchase a Children's Literacy station for our children's department.

Recorder & Times Now Available Online @yourlibrary

The Brockville Library now subscribes to the Recorder & Times' online searchable database. Full text of all stories can now be searched back to 1999. More...

Please note: (available from within the library only, no remote access)

New Career Database

Career Cruising Database

(requires Brockville Public Library card if using from home.)
This source provides occupation profiles, assessment tools and information about Canadian universities and colleges. Be sure to try the Career Matchmaker quiz! Search...

New Online Genealogy Database

Ancestry Library Collection

(available from within the library only, no remote access)
ProQuest has partnered with MyFamily.com to create Ancestry Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Search...

Brockville Reads a Huge Success!!

We are thrilled with the success of Brockville Reads, our third community reading project. Over 400 Brockville & area citizens, as well as readers in Kingston and Ottawa, have joined Aminata on her
remarkable journey from Africa to slavery in America, and then freedom in Canada and Britain.

Lawrence Hill for his wonderful storytelling, the Brockville Community and you for participating.

Leeds County Books and The Recorder & Times

Click here for pictures.



Library Opens on Mondays!!

In an attempt to better serve our clientele, the library will open its doors to the public on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm.This will begin on Monday October 6, 2008.

Please note: In order to facilitate this change, we have had to close one hour earlier on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Our new hours are:

Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm (Closed between Canada Day & Labour Day)

Monday 10 am to 1 pm

Tuesday 10 am to 8 pm

Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm

Thursday 10 am to 8 pm

Friday 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

"New Titles" feature in iBistro

You can now look at our new titles through iBistro. Click on "New Titles", located next to "My Account", and browse through the various categories. You can even place holds on these new titles!

Did you Know??

You can search our online catalogue from home as well as renew your books, place holds, and request interlibrary loan materials.

Just ask us how!!

It is now easier to place holds!!

Now, when you search for books, you can place holds right from the Search Results page. Previously, you had to go into each record individually.

Please note: It is always good to log into iBistro before you begin your search to make placing holds more efficient. If you do not have your 4-digit PIN number, please ask us for it.

No Limits on VHS Movie Rentals

We have recently lifted the number of VHS titles that can be signed out from 2 per card, to unlimited.

**Please note: this does not include DVD titles.

What is your library worth to you?

If you are interested in knowing how much you would have to pay out-of-pocket for your library services, click on the "Value of Services Calculator" icon just to the right. The results might surprise you!!

You can now sign out POP-UP books

We have recently changed our Pop-Up Book Collection from Reference status to circulating. You can now take them home!!

They are located at the end of the picture books.

Library partners with the Mental Health & Addictions Resource Centre

The Brockville Public Library and the Mental Health & Addiction Resource Centre have partnered together and books from the Mental Health & Addiction Resource Centre will be on display, and available for loan from the Brockville Public Library.

For a complete listing of these titles go to our online catalog and click on "Power Search". Under the "Item Category 1" drop down menu, select, "Mental Health Exchange", and then click on Search.

Library Gets A New, Fully Accessible Internet Station

In order to meet the growing demand for Internet use, we have recently added a fourth Internet Express Station. This station was donated to us by The May Court Club of Brockville. This station is fully accessible with ZoomText magnification software, a large print keyboard, a large screen monitor and a movable chair.



Consumer Report Reviews Now Online

Choose from a list of products and read current online consumer report reviews for popular household purchases. More...

We have also added a "Consumer Awareness" page to our recommended links.

Read your Favourite Magazines Online

Through the Knowledge Ontario initiative, you can now read your favourite popular magazines online. For a list of available magazines in fulltext click here.... The future home for this listing will be found under the "What do I read next" menu.

Do you have a Laptop, but no WiFi card?

You can now connect to our FREE high speed Internet using an Ethernet cable at three locations in the Adult Department. Patrons must have their own Ethernet cable. Please ask at the Reference Desk for details.

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